Bangkok‚Äôs notorious nightlife district of Patpong was turned into a battle ground last night (May 6, 2009) as hundreds of night-market traders rioted against Thai police. The angry scene erupted when Thai police and government officers moved into the well known entertainment and night market area in search of counterfeit goods and began impounding knock-off […]
Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has targeted the Thailand tourism industry as a priority for reviving the Thai economy in 2009¬† in a speech to members of the National Economic and Social Advisory Council (Nesac). In his policies for solving economic and social problems speech, Mr Abhisit said the government needed to boost Thailand‚Äôs economy […]
The ongoing political protests in Thailand and the hasty cancellation of the 14th Asean economic summit that saw 14 heads of state hurriedly evacuated from a Pattaya hotel rooftop by helicopter will have a long-lasting affect on Thailand. After only four months in office Prime Minister Abhisit¬† Veijajiva already looks like a dead man walking […]
Widely know as the Land of Smiles, or simply LOS, these days there are very few people smiling in Thailand as the ongoing political turmoil deteriorates by the day. From the northern city of Chiang Mai to the southern holiday island of Phuket, tour operators and owners of businesses in the tourism sector are already […]
Thailand‚Äôs long running political crisis appears to be worsening with the question no longer being whether the military will step in and oust the government of embattled Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat with a coup d‚Äôetat but when. In the wake of the bloody October 7 confrontation between police and “anti-government”Thailand People‚Äôs Alliance for Democracy (PAD) […]
The head of Thailand’s tourism promotion authority has predicted the bloody and violent clashes between police and anti-government People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protesters last Monday (Oct. 7, 2008) will have an insignificant effect on the country‚Äôs tourism.
While the head of the Tourism Authority of Thailand was describing Thailand as a safe, desirable and peaceful country, and explaining that the protests were evidence of a democracy in action, peaceful and localised, people were being killed, having limbs blown, and home-made bombs exploding as hundreds of ant-riot police attempted to clear a way into Parliament House, firing up to 50 rounds of CS (tear) gas into thousands of yellow-shirted PAD protesters who had blockaded and fortified the legislature with barbed wire and tyre blockades.